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ceiling. >> it is way off the charts for us. >> reporter: other evidence includes several graves found in what he says would have been the church's chancel. it is possible the reverend robert hunt is buried here. he accompanied the first english settltlers in 1607,7, and pland a cross on the shore, claiming the new world for jesus christ. a spokesperson for jamestown says an expert from the smitsmithsonian is planning to examine the burials next spring. >> reporter: the archeologists are digging in the center of the fort. that matches the earliest known diagram of james town. you can see an "x" or perhaps a cross which scholars believe marks the church. historians and archeologists believe it shows the importance of the colony to the settlers. >> the direction from the virginia company is, look, you can find gold, find silver, do all these things we want to make money with, but if you don't, if you forget about religion, this is all going to be for naught. >> reporter: the 1608 church was important to the clon nistcolonists for many reasons. it was here in june of 1610, that the first
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